The Liberal Government's 2022-2023 Budget is all about strengthening Tasmania’s future.  It is about taking action on the cost of living, keeping Tasmanians safe and investing more into health and mental health, education and housing than ever before.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government continues to work with businesses and industry to deliver inter-generational infrastructure and strategic jobs growth that will benefit Tasmanians for decades to come.

All Tasmanians deserve a roof over their head and that’s why we are delivering the most ambitious and comprehensive social and affordable housing program in the State’s history. Through the 2022-23 Tasmanian Budget and over the forward estimates, the Government will invest up to a record $538 million into social and affordable housing and homelessness initiatives, with $204 million this year alone.

Resources, particularly the mining and mineral processing sector, provide the lion’s share of our exports by value, accounting for more than 60 per cent of our record $4.6 billion export earnings for the 12 months to March 2022. There are 10,000 jobs in mining and forestry across Tasmania, they are world-leading and we have provided $1 million in our Budget to support that sector.  

Tasmania is already leading the nation by being 100 per cent self-sufficient in renewable energy and has legislated to become 200 per cent renewable by 2040.  This is why, as part of the 2022-23 Budget, we will commit $10 million over four years to replace our ageing fleet of fossil fuel boilers in schools, hospitals and correctional facilities with renewable energy-powered alternatives including bioenergy technology.

In relation to supporting Tasmania’s Veterans’ community, the Budget provides $2.7 million for initiatives under the Veterans' output group including supporting RSL Tasmania, the Teddy Sheean VC Memorial Grants Program and Veterans’ Wellbeing Vouchers.

For a more comprehensive snapshot my 2022 Budget in Reply Speech can be found here.  Budget initiatives in my specific portfolio areas, and for the electorate of Lyons, are set out below:

   - State Development and Construction

   - Housing affordability

   - Safe and secure accommodation 

   - Energy + Renewables 

   - Resources 

   - Veterans

   - Lyons

Finally, I am proud to be a member of the Rockliff majority Liberal Government and contribute to the 2022-2023 Budget both as Minister and as a Member for the great electorate of Lyons.

As always, please don't hesitate to make contact should you have any queries.

Guy Barnett


Change for a brighter future.